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The outline conference agenda is now available below. More information and speakers will be added over the coming weeks. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Joana Lima at or on +44 (0) 2920783024.


Wednesday 5 February, 2020


09:30 – 11:30

Session 1: Setting the scene

09:30 – 09:40

Welcome and Introductions

09:40 – 09:55

Keynote Presentation

09:55 – 10:10

Keynote Presentation

10:10 – 10:25

Keynote Presentation – A Global Industry Perspective

10:25 – 11:25

High-Level Roundtable Discussion – 5G Deployment: state of play and early lessons from around the world

A high-level discussion that will look at the state of play in 5G deployment in different regions and countries arounds the world, and early lessons and challenges that have been seen. By sharing real-world insights and experience from the deployment of 5G networks, experts will address how these early implementations are going, and look at the path ahead as the brave new world of 5G starts to emerge.

11:25 – 11:45

Morning Coffee and Refreshments

11:45 – 13:00

Session 2: WRC19 – delivering the required spectrum to power the 5G future?

This session will offer the opportunity to look in detail at the outcomes of WRC, and at what these mean for the future of 5G and ensuring that the required connectivity for mobile and other technologies can be met.
- What were the decisions at WRC on the key spectrum bands for 5G?
- Following these decisions and outcomes, to what extent is the required spectrum now in place to power the 5G future?
- With 5G set to be delivered through a mix of technology and a ‘network-of-networks’, to what extent will the decisions at WRC19 help to meet the future requirements of key technologies such as satellite, WiFi and HAPS alongside those of mobile?
- What are the key candidate bands for 5G that are now set to be considered at WRC-23, and what are the next steps in the build up to this?

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Panel Discussion


13:00 – 13:50


13:50 – 17:10

Session 3: The 5G Mini-Huddles – Delivering the long-term and sustainable future for 5G

5G roll-out has begun, but we are still just at the start of the journey. There still remains a number of key challenges that need to be overcome in order for the long-term potential of 5G to be maximised. This afternoon’s session will look in detail of 3 of these key challenges - the fact that, whilst 5G technologies are now here, an understanding of the business models that will underpin its long-term future arguably is not; the extent to which high costs of deployment is going to be a barrier for 5G and what can be done to reduce those; and the growing security challenges that 5G brings, and what needs to be done to tackle those.

Each session will take the format of an interactive ‘mini-huddle’, with 3 panellists asked to address 3 key questions.

13:50 – 14:50

Mini-Huddle (1): Evolving sustainable business models for a 5G future

- How is 5G already changing business models for mobile operators and connectivity providers, and to what extent are long-term, sustainable 5G business models starting to emerge?
- Which of the three proposed application scenarios for 5G (enhanced mobile broadband; massive machine-type communication; and ultra-reliable, low-latency, communication) is likely to deliver the most compelling business cases going forward?
- How are mobile operators and other connectivity providers ultimately going to make money from 5G and start to recoup the huge investments that have been made?

14:50 – 15:50

Mini-Huddle (2): Optimising the Network Architecture to make 5G viable

- What are the estimated costs of full roll-out of 5G networks in countries arounds the world, and what tools are available to help reduce these costs?
- What impact can high roll-out costs have on the longer-term development of 5G, and the overall service offering to consumers?
- To what extent can the emergence of new technologies such as AI and machine learning help to make 5G more efficient and reduce roll-out and operational costs?

15:50 – 16:10

Afternoon Coffee and Refreshments

16:10 – 17:10

Mini-Huddle (3): Meeting the Regulatory & Cyber-Security Challenges of 5G - Securing the long-term 5G future

- How is 5G changing the security landscape, and what is being done to tackle the new security challenges?
- How are Governments and industry working to stay one step ahead of the hackers and ensure that a 5G architecture is developed that delivers long-term end-to-end security and resilience?
- How can some of the international security concerns that have been raised be addressed by network providers, and how can wide-spread trust and confidence in the security of 5G networks be ensured?

Thursday 6 February, 2020


09:30 – 13:10

Session 4: Driving digital and socio-economic transformation: Working together to deliver the benefits of 5G to all areas of society

If harnessed correctly, 5G has the potential to positively impact all areas of society and truly deliver digital transformation. This morning’s sessions will look at some of the different areas and use cases that 5G can impact across rural and urban environments, and in both developed and developing countries.

09:30 – 09:50

Keynote Presentation

09:50 – 11:10

Session 4.1: Driving digital transformation in urban environments

5G is already starting to transform cities all around the globe, and improving environmental, social and economic aspects of urban life. Underpinned by the increased speed, reliability and capacity offered by 5G networks, ‘smart cities’ are becoming a reality. This session will look at some of the innovative new use cases that are emerging for both businesses and consumers, as well as at the challenges that lay ahead to ensure that the potential of 5G in urban areas is truly achieved.

- What new services and use cases can be enabled by 5G in cities and urban areas, and what impact are these already starting to have on communities and societies?
- What lesson have been learnt from field trials and test beds of 5G in urban areas that can be transferred to a real-world situation?
- What will be the best way to deliver the densification of networks that will be necessary to provide the required network connectivity in urban areas and how can regulators work to deliver a licencing regime that conducive to easy roll-out of small-cells and 5G more generally?
- As the volume of data increases, which areas in future end-to-end 5G networks offer the greatest risk of becoming potential ‘bottlenecks’, and how can network operators plan now to avoid these appearing?
- With approximately 70% of 5G use cases in urban areas expected to occur indoors, how can it be ensured that the required connectivity is delivered inside building as well as on the streets in urban areas?

09:50 – 10:00

Case Study: 5G & Smart Cities

10:00 – 10:10

Case Study: 5G & Intelligent Transport & Logistics

10:10 – 11:10

Panel Discussion

11:10 – 11:30

Morning Coffee and Refreshments

11:30 – 13:10

Session 4.2: Driving digital transformation in rural environments

As well as making an impact in cities and urban areas, 5G has the potential to enable long-term digital transformation and contribute to the emergence of smart societies in rural environments. And this potential is particularly highlighted in the developing world, where if harnessed in the right way, the capacity, speed and reliable connections of 5G could be crucial in helping to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This session will examine some of the new use cases and services that 5G can enable in rural areas, and in areas such as education, agriculture and healthcare. Ultimately, it will look at the challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure 5G helps to narrow rather than widen the digital divide.

- What new services and use cases can be enabled by 5G in rural areas, and what difference can this make to the lives of communities and societies in these areas?
- How do the requirements of 5G differ in rural areas from those in large cities, and how can it be ensured that the connectivity provided to communities and regions meets their specific requirements?
- What mix of different technologies will be required to deliver 5G to rural areas, and how are technology companies, connectivity providers and other key stakeholders working together to achieve this?
- How can it be ensured that the network and infrastructure is in place to enable 5G to close rather than widen the digital divide?

11:30 – 11:40

Case Study: 5G use case in Healthcare

11:40 – 11:50

Case Study: 5G use case in Agriculture

11:50 – 12:50

Panel Discussion

12:50 – 13:10

What’s ahead? Looking beyond 5G

- What will come after 5G: B5G or 6G? What is the likely timeframe to B5G/6G trials and rollout?
- What will the world look like beyond 5G? What will B5G or 6G bring that 5G has not?


13:10 – 14:00


14:00 – 17:10

Session 5: Gearing Up for 5G in India – A focus on national issues

There are huge economic benefits to be realised across various verticals and to all its citizens that India cannot afford to let float away. Illustratively, a recent study modelling as a ‘smart city’ estimated that it can unlock an incremental value of 30% GDP valued at over 20Bn USD over six years. This is for a city with a small area of 331 sq km and a population of 3.5 million. This study enabled the city to drive numerous digital service initiatives to capture the resulting growth potential of 15% CAGR. And this is about just one city—imagine this evaluation across the country. India can reap mind-boggling benefits! The ITU in its report has said that 5G is expected to play a key role in digital economies, improving economic growth, enhancing citizens’ experiences, and creating new business opportunities. ITU further stresses that 5G is likely to increase the global digital divide—since viability is likely to be in dense urban areas.

Despite some policy & regulatory challenges, India is getting ready to launch 5G trials shortly—at least in some locations with requisite infrastructure and is taking measures to expedite the commercial rollout thereafter Moreover, Digital India will have little meaning without 5G.

14:00 – 14:20

A focus on India – Setting the scene: What can 5G do for India?

14:00 – 14:20

Keynote Interview Session

An interview on the topic of what 5G can do for India, and how its impact can be harnessed in areas such as driving forward the digital economy and the delivery of Ultra fast and High Capacity Broadband services to all.

14:20 – 15:45

A focus on India - Session 1: Spectrum Pricing & Management for 5G in India

The National Digital Communications Policy 2018 recognised spectrum as “a key natural resource for public benefit to achieve India’s socio-economic goals” and advised “optimal pricing of spectrum.” . If we can get spectrum prices right, we can ensure India does not miss its golden chance to get on the digital highway with 5G spectrum not lying ‘idle’ but put to ‘optimal’ use. Else, the loss to the economy and consumers could mount by several billions of dollars!.While revenue from spectrum auctions to help address fiscal deficit happens to be one of the government’s goals, it is very important to maintain balance with India’s socio-economic goals. The latter is, in fact, more important for a developing or emerging economy like India. This is a big opportunity in front of the current government to correct the anomaly and start the auction with a lower floor price, and then let the market determine the correct valuation.

14:20 – 14:35

Setting the Scene – A global perspective on 5G spectrum pricing

14:35 – 15:40

Panel Discussion

15:40 – 15:55

Afternoon Coffee and Refreshments

15:55 – 17:00

A focus on India - Session 2: Role of Indian Academia, Research & Standards bodies in driving Innovation in 5G

5G technology is poised to bring in new use cases across industry verticals. India is pushing for indigenous approach in bringing standards to enable relevant use cases for 5G adoption The Panel will discuss 5G use cases as well as those of Emerging Technologies and how they can help augment the operators revenues with delivery of affordable, innovative and future ready services such as AI & VR and their applications across verticals.

15:55 – 17:00

Panel Discussion

17:00 – 17:10

Wrap Up and Conclusions



Wed 5 February, 2020 09.00 to
Thu 6 February, 2020 17.30




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